Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (12A)



Family (2016)
127mins UK/US/Bel

Starring: Eva Green, Samuel L Jackson, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell
Director: Tim Burton
Writer(s): Jane Goldman
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

As a young boy, Jacob Portman was told by his grandfather Abraham that he was special and grew up in a magical orphanage. Those memories dim but Jacob cannot escape a lingering suspicion that the stories might be true. So he ventures to the location of the orphanage and meets a girl called Emma Bloom, who can control the weather. She introduces Jacob to Miss Alma LeFay Peregrine, headmistress of a school of incredibly gifted schoolchildren, who live in a time loop.

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Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (12A)

Eccentrics and oddballs have always been grist to the creative mill of writer-director Tim Burton. In Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, adapted from the debut novel by Ransom Riggs, the quixotic filmmaker is in his element, surrounded by a madcap menagerie of misfits. A cherubic girl whose tumbling blonde curls conceal a mouth with razor-sharp teeth on the back of her head; a blue-eyed boy who has a hive of bees living inside of him; a pint-sized poppet who possesses strength beyond her years. There's plenty of weirdness, but not quite enough wonder to complement Burton's directorial flourishes and the glorious costume and set design that allows the time-travelling narrative to ricochet between 1943 and the present day...

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children. Copyright: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Caption: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield and Georgia Pemberton star in Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children. Photo: Jay Maidment. All Rights Reserved.The emotional crux of the picture is British actor Asa Butterfield, who was mesmerising as Martin Scorsese's Hugo. He portrays another lonely outcast here, and exudes an endearing awkwardness and vulnerability in the role. Eva Green slinks with wide-eyed intent as the titular headmistress and there are strong supporting turns from a young cast, who embrace their characters' peculiarities with gusto. Jacob Portman (Butterfield) has always been close to his grandfather Abe (Terence Stamp). When the old man perishes in mysterious circumstances, the grief-stricken teenager turns to psychiatrist Dr Golan (Allison Janney) to come to terms with his loss. She approves a visit to Cairnholm island off the coast of Wales - population 93 - where Abe claimed he spent his formative years in a home for gifted children. Accompanied by his birdwatcher father Franklin (Chris O'Dowd), Jacob makes the long journey and visits the derelict home alone, searching for some tenuous connection to his grandfather.

Amongst the rubble, Jacob encounters a girl called Emma Bloom (Ella Purnell), who wears lead shoes to stop her floating away. She helps him to enter a magical time loop set to September 3, 1943, which is controlled by Miss Alma LeFay Peregrine (Green), headmistress of the school. Other students include pyrokinetic teenager Olive (Lauren McCrostie), prophetic dreamer Horace (Hayden Keeler-Stone), invisible boy Millard (Cameron King) and the masked twins (Thomas Odwell, Joseph Odwell). Miss Peregrine and her charges are being hunted by gnarly, undead creatures called Hollows, led by the menacing Mr Barron (Samuel L Jackson). Jacob promises Emma that he will return to the home the following day to help the outcasts evade a grim fate. "There's no hurry," she replies sadly. "I'm here forever."

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is an entertaining and briskly paced adventure with some lip-smacking macabre touches. Style doesn't trump substance, but it's a close run during some key sequences. Thankfully, Jane Goldman's script always finds its way back to the heartrending growing pains of the children, and that's an oddness all of us can appreciate.

- Kim Hu

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children. Copyright: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Caption: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield and Georgia Pemberton star in Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children. Photo: Jay Maidment. All Rights Reserved.


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Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

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- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
- Accrington, Vue Accrington
- Alnwick, Alnwick Playhouse
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Ashbourne, Showtime Cinemas Ashbourne
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Ballina, IMC Ballina
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Ballymena, IMC Ballymena
- Banbridge, Banbridge Omniplex
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Empire Basildon
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Kennedy Centre Belfast Omniplex
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, mac
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Borehamwood, Reel Cinema Borehamwood
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Brighton, Cineworld Brighton
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Cineworld Yate
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Premiere Cinema
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carlow, Carlow Omniplex
- Carlow, IMC Carlow
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Carrickfergus, Carrickfergus Omniplex
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Catterick Garrison, Empire Catterick Garrison
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clonmel, IMC Clonmel
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Cookstown, Ritz Multiplex
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Cork, The Gate Cork
- Cork, The Gate Mallow
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Dereham, Hollywood Cinema
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Douglas, Cinemaworld Douglas
- Downpatrick, Eclipse Cinemas Downpatrick
- Dublin, Balbriggan Omniplex
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Odeon Point Village
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dundalk, IMC Dundalk
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Odeon Exeter
- Fakenham, Hollywood Cinema
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Galway, IMC Oranmore
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Parkhead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glengormley, Movie House Glengormley
- Glenrothes, The Kino Glenrothes
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Great Yarmouth, Hollywood Cinema
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harrogate, Odeon Harrogate
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hastings, Odeon Hastings
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Empire Hemel Hempstead
- Herne Bay, Kavanagh Cinema
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Keswick, Alhambra Cinema
- Kidderminster, Reel Cinema Kidderminster
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Limerick, Showtime Cinemas Limerick
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Longford, Longford Omniplex
- Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
- Louth, Playhouse
- Malton, Ryedale Palace
- Manchester, AMC Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Midleton, The Gate Midleton
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Morecambe, Reel Cinema Morecambe
- Mullingar, IMC Mullingar
- Naas, Odeon Naas
- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Empire Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Norwich, Hollywood Cinema
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Omagh, IMC Omagh
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Ultimate Picture Palace
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Penrith, Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Empire Poole Tower Park
- Portlaoise, Odeon Portlaoise
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Quinton Halesowen, Reel Cinema Quinton Halesowen
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rye, Kino Rye
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Seaham, Cineworld Dalton Park
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- St. Neots, Cineworld St Neots
- Stockport, Marple Regent
- Stockton-on-Tees, Arc
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Street, Strode Theatre
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Sutton Coldfield, Empire Sutton Coldfield
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Thurles, IMC Thurles
- Tullamore, IMC Tullamore
- Uckfield, Picturehouse Uckfield
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Wolverhampton, Light House
- Wotton-under-Edge, Electric Picture House
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- York, Reel Cinema York
- York, Vue York
From Friday 3rd November
To Thursday 9th November

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